City of Fort Worth, TX

08/05/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/05/2020 15:45

HSC's FitWorth to provide 1,500 boxes of food to families

The University of North Texas Health Science Center (HSC) at Fort Worth's FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to hungry families.

The collaboration will supply families with dairy and produce through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program. The boxes include fresh dairy and produce such as milk, butter, eggs, carrots and potatoes. Each box feeds four people.

The locations for the food program will change each week. This week's distribution site is Daggett Middle School, 1108 Carlock St. Boxes of food will be distributed from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 7 while supplies last.

FitWorth has been distributing up to 1,500 boxes of food per week since July 10. The project continues through Sept. 4.

Food will be distributed in a drive-thru format with limited contact.

'In accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide order, we ask that masks be worn when picking up food,' said Noah Drew, senior director of external relations at HSC.

FitWorth expects to reach about 54,000 community members through the program, which is part of the university's ongoing commitment to address local health disparities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HSC is also providing nutrition education and sample recipes to help families enjoy the cooking experience and understand the importance of a complete diet.

FitWorth is working with the Fort Worth Independent School District to identify schools that will serve as donation sites. The program is focusing on areas with the greatest need and ZIP codes designated as food deserts.

'We hope this program will alleviate some of the worries food-insecure families are experiencing during this pandemic and during hard economic times,' Drew said.

The locations for the food program will change each week. Follow FitWorth on Facebook for up-to-date information on locations.

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